Roster Moves Aplenty

It’s been a week full of player moves, mostly additions, although there was one subtraction, with Kyle Jean being moved back to Greenville on Wednesday.

That portended the return of J.T. Miller later that day, after he was a healthy scratch in Ranger wins Sunday in Edmonton and Tuesday at Vancouver.  Daniel Carcillo has proven to be a good fit in the big club’s lineup since being inserted in place of Miller, scoring a goal in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over former Ranger coach John Tortorella’s Canucks, so Miller is back to the AHL to resume his all-situations role with the Wolf Pack.  Interestingly, at Wolf Pack practice today Miller was not back between Ryan Bourque and Jesper Fast, the spot he occupied before his latest callup.  The Wolf Pack coaches left Marek Hrivik, who had taken Miller’s place on that line the last three games, in that slot today.

Chris McCarthy (hockeyeastonline.com)

Chris McCarthy (hockeyeastonline.com)

Two more Amateur Tryout signees were added to the roster in the last couple of days, forward Chris McCarthy on Tuesday and defenseman Justin Baker today.  Both just finished their Senior college seasons, McCarthy at University of Vermont and Baker at St. Lawrence.  McCarthy has an NHL contract for next season with the Rangers, while Baker is a free agent.

From the looks of things today, it seems as though McCarthy might get a chance to play Friday, when the Pack start another three-game weekend with a visit to conference-leading Manchester.  Baker, meanwhile, was out late with the injured players.

Only two defensemen in the whole of Division I had more points this year than the 33 that Baker had in 38 games for the Saints.  McCarthy was a better than point-per-game guy at UVM, with 18-24-42 in 38 games, leading the Catamounts in points and assists, and had both of UVM’s goals in the team’s season-ending 5-2 loss to Union in the NCAA East Regional Friday in Bridgeport.

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